Ethiopia is one of the most historically rich countries in the world. Pecked in the Eastern Africa region and surrounded by Sudan to the west, Somalia to the east, Eritrea and Djibouti to the north and Kenya to the south. This squarely places it in a landlocked situation that has rarely hindered its growth potential. There are so many facts about Ethiopia that are exclusive to this country that was known as “Kush” in ancient. Some are funny, some mind-boggling while others are simply amazing. Shared below are some common and interesting facts about Ethiopia.
#Fact 1. Ethiopia Has 13 Months in a Year
How is that even possible? Well, this is one of the most unique fact about Ethiopia since it celebrates the New Year in September. This means that they usher in the New Year long before the world starts budgeting for fireworks late in December.
#Fact 2. Ethiopia Was Never Colonized
Despite the efforts by Italians to occupy Ethiopia, their efforts were thwarted as they found the entry to difficult to penetrate. The only other country that was never occupied (by force) in history is Russia.
Fact #3. Ethiopia Has its Own Alphabet
This is one of the best fan facts about Ethiopia that most people, including neighboring countries don’t know about Ethiopia. Its alphabet, Abugida, also called Alpha-Syllabary is made up 209 symbols and 25 letter variants.
Fact #4. Cradle For Humanity
The first ever human family tree is traced back to Ethipia, this is a historical fact. The first discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton in the world was made in Ethiopia. This is connected to the next fact that to do with most people favorite drink, coffee.
Fact #5. Discovery of Coffee
Do you enjoy your brewed coffee? Well, relax and enjoy because ancient Ethiopians seem to have enjoyed steaming mugs ages ago. This is deep rooted in not only the history of Ethiopia, but that of coffee and lovers of this stimulating beverage. The discovery is another funny fact about Ethiopia; it is said that a shepherd known as Kaldi observed his goats pace restlessly whenever they ate the plant’s leaves-who wouldn’t want to try especially if the goats appeared cheerful? This means that Ethiopia immensely contributed to the discovery of coffee, making it most people’s beverage of choice today.
Fact #6. First Country to be Mentioned in the Bible
Ethiopia is the first country to appear in the Bible, and is mentioned all through in between 40 and 60 times depending on the source. With so many churches, Ethiopia stands out as a Christian country and will always feature in the history of Christianity. If you thought those were enough facts about Ethiopia on Christianity, wait until you hear that it is here that the Arc of the covenant rests, in a chapel in the holy city of Aksum that was at some point the country’s capital.
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